|Also known as:||Roaring Lions, leones bronzium|
|Planet of Origin:||Unknown|
|Appears in:||"The Lions of Time" / "See No Evil", "The Last of the Lions"|
"Don't stare. Don't ever stare. Stare and you're dead. Move along, nothing to see. Just don't stare."—The Tenth Inspector
Snarling Lions are murderous psychopathic aliens who take the form of bronze lion statues. They first appeared in the episode "Stare", which was followed up by "The Lions of Time". Snarling Lions are sometimes also known as "Roaring Lions".
If unbroken eye contact is attained for an (arbitrary) amount of time between a being and a snarling lion, the victim is then sent into the future, rapidly extinguishing their lifetime. The Tenth Inspector describes this method as "almost like fast-forwarding the victim's lifetime", so they arrive either just before of after their death. A temporal paradox is caused due to the being still existing at the time of their future self's death. To compensate, the space-time continuum erases the being from existence all-together. The Snarling Lions consume the stolen temporal energies, which allows them to survive for centuries.
In the Series 7 episode "The Last of the Lions", the Eleventh Inspector discovers that the stone lions at the New York Public library are actually petrified Snarling Lions. This petrification turned out to be the work of Angie Lake, following her work in subduing them across the globe.
- The original snarling lion props were created using 10,000 pounds of bronze and placed on heavy-duty disused camera dollies.
- David P. Russell stated in an interview that he got the idea for the Snarling Lions when he went to a garage sale and found two lion statues, whose "eyes seemed to follow [him] around the yard".
- Inspector Spacetime Monthly, 23 Aug 2011